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Yasmin Nissim

Community Writer

I think the best way to describe myself is equal parts adventurer and couch potato. I love exploring new things and different places, whether it's a lake to kayak or a restaurant to try. But I'm just as happy relaxing on the couch with a good book or fantasy-based RPG. I'm a strong supporter of animal welfare and volunteer with a local rescue group, GSNCR, that adopts out retired racing greyhounds. I also co-host a radio show on CKCU called Digestive Tracks, that's all about food and local foodie news. Some of my favourites in no particular order: Authors: JJR Tolkien, Jacqueline Carey, Robin Hobb, Patrick Rothfuss, Guy Gavriel Kay. TV/Movies: Star Trek: TNG, X-Files, Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Star Wars (original three), Lord of the Rings, Walking Dead. Anime: anything from Studio Ghibli, Mushi-Shi, Samurai Champloo, Death Note, Ninja Scroll, FMA, Cowboy Bebop. Video Games: Super Mario Bros. 3, Okami, Dragon Quest XIII, Costume Quest, Shadow of the Colossus, FF IX, The Last of Us


Hounds around town!

When I say “greyhound”, what comes to mind? Long bus rides? Cramped leg space? A tiny bus terminal on Catherine Street? For many in Ottawa, “greyhound” means big soulful eyes, lots of mischief, belly rubs, ear scritches, treats and being part of an amazing community of people who love to talk about their dogs! Retired […]

The Ottawa International Animation Festival: Where imaginations come out to play

Cooler temps, crunchy leaves and greying skies mean only one thing…it’s time for the Ottawa International Animation Festival to descend on the nation’s capital once again! This is one of my favourite things about the fall in Ottawa. There’s nothing like escaping autumn’s chill by stepping into the warm dark of a theatre and settling […]

Ottawa Comiccon 2014 Wrap-up!

This past weekend, Comiccon descended upon the capital once again. I sadly missed the event in its sophomore year, but had attended the very first Ottawa Comiccon in 2012. I was quite excited to see how the convention had grown since my last experience and, I have to say, there was most definitely a difference! […]

My OIAF hangover

Another year of the Ottawa International Animation Festival has come to a close and it feels almost like the day after Christmas; a little sad, a little tired, but still buzzing from all the excitement! As usual, the OIAF delivered a smashing five days of fantastical images and sounds that were at once captivating, entertaining, […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Music lovers rejoice: this weekend’s edition of Westfest marks the unofficial launch of festival season! This year, the festival’s 10th, will feature four days of music and art. Things kick off tonight with artists Jane Siberry, Zoe Whittall, Captain Dirt and the Skirt, Juliana Pulford and Jill Zmud. The Magnetic North Theatre Festival is getting […]

Foodie Friday: Crowdsourcing dinner at the Urban Element

We’ve all heard the saying “there’s too many cooks in the kitchen”, but that isn’t a problem at Hintonburg’s Urban Element – they’ve just made the kitchen bigger! My husband and I have been meaning to take a cooking class at the Element for some time now and we were finally able to this past […]